Are you a real estate agent that wishes homes would show better?
Are you a homeowner trying to sell your home but not quite sure how to go about staging it?
Do you wish you knew how to portray your home to make it look the very best it can be?
If so, this post may be for you.
Awhile back, I posted that I was staging my mom’s empty home that’s currently for sale.
Part One was HERE
When I started pulling things out of my truck and hauling them into my mom’s place, it felt so… odd. These were MY things. Not my mom’s.
And it was shocking. After seeing the rooms so bare and empty, even one thing in the room caused your eyes to refocus in a very different way. You REALLY saw objects.
So whatever I used, I had to make sure they were pretty to look at. I love this vintage mix master with the heavy porcelain bowl. And it was perfect for the kitchen.
This experience was interesting. The more I attempted to make an empty home look lived in, the stranger everything looked. It was so painfully obvious that it was empty, so overdoing some rooms while others had nothing didn’t work.
Loose sanded down palette boards simply placed overtop a little bench created some extra instant warmth to this area.
So, I took a different approach. I placed ‘suggestion’ items to bring warmth back into the spaces. It left you with the feeling of the house saying, “This is what I could look like if you bought me and loved me back. You just wait and see!”
Pickets by their lonesome encouraged you to elevate your eye towards these vaulted ceilings
And yes, there were indeed moments of sadness. (she passed away in March) But it wasn’t long before I switched gears into design mode and went with it. I was on a mission to make my mom’s house sing. One last time.
Two funky drawers took the place of the microwave. And hid alllll the paperwork for the home sale.
I realize staging an empty home is VERY different from decluttering a full one. I think both scenarios bring issues into play. But it’s my belief that if you wish your home to look it’s best, depersonalizing and decluttering are VERY important. This home looked HUGE with all the roomy closets and living spaces! And newer too.
From hereon out, I’m going to allow the pictures to do all the talking. I created an online magazine spread for the benefit of our real estate agent as well as a means of an online portfolio for myself so I can show what I can offer others.
Click HERE for the fullsize online YUDU magazine spread.
And I have to just thank Layla from The Lettered Cottage. When I saw her magazine spread for the cottage she decorated, I ’bout died. I had no idea this format was available to us. Thanks for your never ending inspiration you offer my way, Layla!
What do you think about this format for helping to sell a home?
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